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Pickett Fences

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Offering Advice to a Friend Who Tests Positive

September/October 2007

I heard from a friend the other day, someone I had not spoken to or seen in quite some time, years actually. We just hadn't been in touch, not due to a lack of friendly feelings for one another; rather a result of the different orbits in which we travel.

A little younger than my 41, he's gay, really funny and super smart -- a great guy.

He was looking for some advice as he had just tested positive for HIV.

This was relayed to me in a voice message. I had not answered my phone when he rang, as the number from which he was calling was coming up unknown -- he had blocked it. I listened to his voice, and despite this news, he sounded fine, he sounded like himself, but what he said really struck me. I felt sad that this had happened to him, and was a bit shocked, as I guess one always is, when a friend who has navigated the mine field for so many years comes up positive. As it turned out, his last negative test was at the end of 2006.

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Comment by: Mark (London) Sun., Sep. 6, 2009 at 10:37 am EDT
Agreed. Very comforting to read.
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Comment by: Tony Thu., Jul. 17, 2008 at 4:19 am EDT
Thank you. My first smile since being diagnosed yesterday as positive.
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